The son of Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-rufai, has told the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to re-direct its “useless” invitation for the 2020 Annual General Conference to opposition politicians.
Recalls that body of legal practitioners in the country had invited the governor El-Rufai to the event as a speaker but the invitation was greeted with criticism, mostly from Nigerians on social media. A petition seeking his disengagement was also forwarded to the association.
The development forced the NBA to withdraw the invitation extended to the governor who then described it as unfair.
“For an association, whose bread and butter is about justice to make a ruling based on the stridency of people who lampoon judicial processes against certain individuals without hearing the other side is odd,” the governor, through his Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye, said in a Thursday statement.
“It bears noting that in its response to pressure, the NBA leadership has signaled an unfortunate embrace of injustice, unfairness, absence of fair hearing and total disregard for the rule of law.
“The defamatory statements in the petition is another matter entirely, and they will get the appropriate response,” he added.
On his part, the governor’s son, described the invitation which his father would have honored as useless.
In a Friday tweet, the young lad advised that it be re-directed to Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers State and Ayodele Fayose, former governor of Ekiti State.
“These guys should re-direct their useless invitation to Nyesom Wike or Ayodele Fayose. The true respecters of Rule of Law & decorum. Make the conference have a uniform theme of speakers,” he said in the morning tweet.
The Jigawa State chapter of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, has threatened to boycott the 2020 virtual conference of the association, following the withdrawal of the invitation to Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State. This follows a protest by some lawyers under the aegis of Open Bar Initiative.
But the state chapter chairman, Garba Abubakar, in a statement on Friday, called on the national leadership of the association to reverse the decision, stressing that failure to do so, the chapter would boycott the conference. saying “A section of the country cannot take, therefore, take us for a ride as well as have fair understanding of the law.
Other state that have indicated interest to boycott the conference include